T_Simmons
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Basil ruined?

This is our first try with herb gardening and we got an unexpected snow storm last night. My poor basil looked like this this morning. Anyway to revive?
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sweetiepie
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Re: Basil ruined?

Ouch! I rarely have had a plant come back from that much damage. I usually wait a day and then cut off anything that for sure isn't going to make it. So it doesn't encourage more rot. Occasionally it will come back from the root.

Gardener_Wes
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Re: Basil ruined?

Yeah, that basil looks like it took a heavy hit.

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Re: Basil ruined?

So sorry to see that. Basi is sensitive to cold. You did say the snow was unexpected, but it's best not to put basil outside until all danger of frost is over and overnight low temperatures have settled to mid-50's or above.

That said, if the plant was vigorous before, and any portion of the basal stem is undamaged, Insuppose it's not entirely impossible for it to re-grow new side shoots. I would remove the damaged leaves but not the stems unless it is mushy (cut back to solid stem), and don't uproot it just yet.
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Re: Basil ruined?

Fortunately you have plenty of season left. I'd get a new batch going pronto. :P

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